Manufacturing

With a research and development contract worth $1.7 million from the Army Research Laboratory, Alfalight will develop pump modules suitable for pumping high-power, fiber-laser systems for defense and commercial applications. The company's diode lasers are used in global industrial and telecommunications markets. ...

The decision by NimbleGen Systems to file for an initial public offering may primarily be an exit strategy for its investors, but it's also the latest piece of a global sales strategy. Company officials have been mum on recent fund-raising developments, but they have also...

Attorney David Kettner has decided to leave the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and join the staff of Virent Energy Systems as chief intellectual property counsel. During his career, Kettner has emphasized biotech patent prosecution and intellectual property licensing....

GenTel Biosciences, a Madison-based protein chip maker, has acquired the protein chip platform assets of GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. The platform will position GenTel to compete for drug-screening deals in the range of $1 million to $3 million. ...

The venture capital picture in Wisconsin, while improving, still lags behind other states that also are trying to grow knowledge-based economies, but venture capitalist Paul Carbone is among the optimists. Carbone, managing partner of Baird Venture Partners, says some historical perspective is needed to accurately...

“You don't get Superman by paying Jimmy Olson wages,” observes columnist James Carlini, which means that downsizing and other cost-cutting personnel decisions made at the height of the dotcom bust are now coming home to roost. In this edition of Carlini's Comments, he notes that...

Misclassifying employees as independent contractors for unemployment insurance tax purposes can lead to an audit of your business, warns Early Stage columnist Joe Boucher. In this case, the business proprietor will have the burden of proof in defending the contractor status of all similarly classified...